Surrender Story

Submitting to God's Purposes

Dive into the story of our founder Earl Seals, and learn how God prepared him for ministry in the marketplace and led him to begin CBF.

Behind the scenes Joe and LaVon filming a teaching

Our Vision

is to impact leaders at every level.

From the seasoned entrepreneur to the corporate executive, to the start-up small business - what would happen if Christian Business Leaders were all connected? Can you imagine what God can do in the lives of individuals, families, communities, cities, and even countries? 

We believe God is clearly moving among business leaders. CBF is the result of our obedience to Him, in creating a channel in which He can easily work - one in which He can use to impact the world.

Our Mission

To equip, encourage and energize business leaders through teaching, fellowship, accountability, counsel and prayer with the purpose of mobilizing them to build the church.

Statement of Faith


There is only one true God. He exists eternally as three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — each fully God yet each personally distinct from the other. God is the creator of everything.


Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary — he was God in human flesh. He lived a sinless human life, yet willingly took upon himself our sins by dying in our place and on our behalf. He rose bodily, victorious over death. He ascended to Heaven and is at the right hand of the Father as the believer’s advocate and mediator. Someday, he will return to consummate history and to fulfill the eternal plan of God.


The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin and gives new life to those who trust in Jesus. He indwells all believers and is available to empower them to lead Christ-like lives. The Spirit gives them spiritual gifts with which to serve fellow believers and reach out to a lost and needy world.


The Bible is God’s unique revelation to mankind, the inspired, infallible Word of God. As such, it is the supreme and final authority and without error in what it teaches and affirms. No other writings are vested with such divine authority.


All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines. The local church is a group of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, community with each other, and as a witness to the world.


Everyone, regardless of race, gender, social class, or intellectual ability, is created in God’s image and for communion with God. But because of sin, that communion was broken and all of humanity was separated from God, the source of all life. Because of the fall, everyone deserves God’s judgment.


At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. Believers will be received into God’s loving presence.


Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and God gives salvation and eternal life to those who trust in him. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that is received by repentance, faith in Christ, his death on the cross, resurrection from the grave and testified through baptism.


The way in which CBF applies truth to business will be as follows:



CBF is a non-profit organization with a Governance Board that is ultimately accountable for fiduciary, compliance, legal, and strategic matters. The day-to-day operations are entrusted to a group of unpaid volunteers who apply their unique spiritual, business, and creative gifts in the hope that the professional, personal, and spiritual lives of CBF members will be enhanced for God’s glory.

Earl Seals
Renee McMurry-Gilman
Lauren Young

Lauren Young

Rolling Meadows, IL

LaVon Koerner
Bill Molinari
Vaughn Kavlie

Vaughn Kavlie

West Minneapolis, MN

Joe Abraham
Collin Duff

Peter Rienks

Granger, IN

Bruce Strom
Carol Lewis
Jeff Hostetter

Jeff Hostetter

Lancaster, PA

Joe D'Alessandro
Art May
Joel Mathew

Joel Mathew

Naperville, IL